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The City of Canterbury Bankstown has been recognised for providing extra support to young men living through its MENtors program.
Council’s recently-established MENtors program took out the ‘Outstanding Partnership in 2017’ category, at the NSW Youth Work Awards, for going above and beyond to help create a society where all young people feel supported, valued and engaged.
Earlier this this year, Council teamed up with Mission Australia, Barnardos, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Oz Harvest, Metro Assist - Dress for Work and Bright Hospitality, to host the eight-week program which was attended by 240 local young men.
Mayor, Khal Asfour, said MENtors was the first program of its kind, which catered to a marginal audience in desperate need of help.
"It was aimed at teaching young local men, aged 15-24 years, the skills they need to lead a healthy lifestyle, including how to cook; dress etiquette; how to write a resume and prepare for a job interview; and the effects of drugs and alcohol," Mayor Asfour said.
"The program also addressed other issues, including personal relationships, mental health, and training and employment opportunities, through consultation, education, as well as the promotion of local support services.
"What makes MENtors different to other workshops is the hands-on approach to issues impacting young men."
Following the program, each participant was given a USB containing resume templates, hygiene and self-care packs, and a suit to wear at job interviews.
The program will be run again in 2018. For more information, call 9718 9848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
8/03/2018 10:03 AM